• David V. Schapira
  • J. Donald Temple


In 1975 the likelihood that an American would develop cancer in his/her lifetime was 30%. By 1985 this had risen to 35% and by the year 2000 the risk will be 40%. During the period 1968–1978 the age-adjusted death rate due to cancer rose by 5%.1 The rates of the other most common causes of death all fell—coronary artery disease by 22%, cerebral vascular disease by 36%, and accidents by 22%. Despite this rather alarming rise in cancer incidence, the National Cancer Institute has set a goal to reduce the mortality from cancer by 50% by the year 2000. This goal, though, is not unreasonable. It relies on the implementation of strategies for preventing cancer. Primary-care physicians will play a vital role in this effort by educating their patients and the general public.


Breast Cancer Cervical Cancer Bile Acid Endometrial Cancer Small Cell Carcinoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David V. Schapira
    • 1
  • J. Donald Temple
    • 2
  1. 1.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer CenterUniversity of South Florida College of MedicineTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineUniversity of Miami School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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